When I have some time to myself in the southern Rhône, my favourite place to relax is the peaceful village of Gigondas. I had even more reason to visit this June, as the growers’ syndicate was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the appellation.
Over a meal at Domaine du Clos des Tourelles, we had the opportunity to taste wines spanning five decades, including a remarkable 1971 that was still very much alive and kicking.
Gigondas has long been recognised as an exceptional site for winemaking, but gaining cru status was a long and arduous journey. It would appear the syndicate’s efforts were hamstrung by a man that many see as a hero in the southern Rhône – Baron Le Roy.